Company: MGM Resorts
Family Name: Hyland
Given Name: Jason
Role: Representative Officer & President
Profile: With a strong background in Japanese studies, Hyland rose to become Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Tokyo under the Obama administration before being tapped in 2017 to help lead MGM’s Japan activities.
For the third year running, MGM Resorts has become a sponsor for the October 12th to 13th Dotombori River Festival, in particular focusing on the Yosakoi dancing events.
MGM Resorts Japan will be a co-sponsor for Osaka’s major Tenjin Festival for a second consecutive year, including the dedication of fireworks for the festival’s finale.
Last September, Kansai Gaidai University opened the nation’s first academic program focused on hotel management, explained Stephen Zurcher, the program’s director, in a recent exclusive interview with AGB Nippon.
The Nihon Keizai Shinbun’s high-powered IR Forum in Tokyo drew more than six hundred guests, not including the many others who reportedly had to be turned away by an excess of applications. The event brought together government officials, IR operators, analysts, and others for an intensive day-long event last Wednesday.
The selection of Ado Machida to front Hard Rock’s effort to win an IR license in Japan highlights a trend that was already clearly visible—some US operators are attempting to leverage in a not-too-subtle fashion the military and security links between Washington and Tokyo.
MGM Resorts Japan was a special sponsor for an event last week called the 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival, held at NHK Hall in Shibuya Ward. A representative of MGM Resorts pointed to this festival as an example of the company’s intention to promote Japanese musical acts both domestically and internationally.
As another plank in its campaign to woo the local community. MGM Resorts will be bringing the Blue Man Group from Las Vegas to Osaka to participate in the Tenjin Festival later in this month.
MGM Resorts has announced that it will be participating in the Dotonbori Spring River Festival in Osaka in early May as part of its latest effort to woo the local community in pursuit of an IR in this major urban market.